If you are absent from employment promoting services

You must notify Kela if you are absent from employment promoting services. The participant must indicate the absence in the unemployment status report. Absences are not monitored for labour market training and self-motivated study.

Absence means a day when the employment promoting measure is arranged and you should have participated. Days of absence do not include days when the employment promoting measure is not arranged (e.g. mid-week holidays).

If the employment promoting measure is not arranged for instance during a break related to rehabilitative work activity, the service provider writes ‘palvelua ei järjestetä’ (service is not arranged) in the unemployment status report. This is not counted as absence, but compensation for expenses is not paid for such days.

If you wish to change your day of participation, you must agree on this with the service provider. You need not report the change to Kela.

You are entitled to unemployment allowance but not to compensation for expenses if the absence is due to

  • your own illness
  • illness of a child under the age of 10 years (a maximum of 4 days)
  • a job interview or an equivalent reason related to search for employment
  • carrying out of a public position of trust

A certificate from a doctor or a nurse has to be submitted to Kela if your illness lasts for more than 3 days. The monitoring of absences does not concern labour market training and self-motivated study.

If the absence is due to some other reason, the day of absence does not entitle to unemployment benefit.